A new look

14 July 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in art, people | 8 Comments »

Some folks suggested that the old header image here — of gray boulders on a gray, desolate beach under a heavy gray sky — seemed sort of bleak and depressing. That perhaps it wasn’t human enough.

I like that picture quite a bit myself, since it captures an interplay of boundaries and perspectives: The hard, discrete rocks merging into the fluid, rolling sea. The powerful blue-gray sea fading into the leaden, infinite skies. The waves changing form so rapidly, while the ancient boulders continue their long slide down the seashore and their slow disintegration into sand.

A fine day at the beach

A fine day at the beach

Bleak? Depressing? Desolate? Rocky?

Bleak? Depressing? Desolate? Rocky?

I like that photo for another reason, too, which has nothing to do with the image itself, but rather the circumstances under which it was captured. You see, a good friend of mine was with me on that desolate, rocky beach that fine afternoon. It was a very special day. One we’ll remember and cherish for a long, long time.

Some of the other photos in the set were much softer… More… human…

No, you can’t see them! Now shoo! Get offa my lawn!

So has a new banner photo, which perhaps portrays the very best sort of anarchy.

Like it? Thanks go to AFlickion @ Flickr for publishing a nice pic with a permissive license.


  1. 8 Responses to “A new look”

  2. By Brad Spangler on 14 July 2009

    Shiny, happy people.

  3. By b-psycho on 14 July 2009

    I knew there was reason that picture had significance to you. Now I see two more reasons…

  4. By MerryMonk on 14 July 2009

    Now THIS looks like a party worth joining. Well done!
    I think life is meant to be enjoyed. The true spirit of liberty is fun. Seriousness is a sickness. BYOB

  5. By Kelly W. Patterson on 14 July 2009

    Much more festive. All we need is a blowup doll and some polka music and we got a party going on.

  6. By Seth on 14 July 2009


  7. By Ethan Lee Vita on 15 July 2009

    I always liked the beach banner. It had a tranquil, peaceful flow to it.

  8. By Stephanie on 15 July 2009

    Who’s this ‘good friend’ now? What beach was that anyway?

  9. By Mike Gogulski on 15 July 2009

    @Stephanie: If I answered either of those questions, I would violate the agreement under which that photo is published 🙂

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